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Mitch Marner Okay After Carjacking

from Sportsnet,

The Maple Leafs confirmed the news in a statement Tuesday morning.

"We can confirm Mitch Marner was the unfortunate victim of a carjacking in Etobicoke on Monday evening. He was unharmed in the incident and the Club & Mitch are thankful for Toronto Police Services’ support. Anyone with information is asked to reach out to Toronto Police Services," the statement reads. "TPS has asked that neither Mitch or the Club comment any further on the details of the incident as this is an ongoing investigation."

Toronto Police tweeted about a man being robbed of his Range Rover on Monday at 7:46 p.m. ET in the southwest portion of the city.

more, 2 guns and a knife were involved...

Marner was not made available to the media today, but Auston Matthews was.


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Time For The Pittsburgh Penguins To Make Some Hard Decisions

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s time the team moves on from Malkin and Letang after 16 tremendous seasons, including three Stanley Cups. No other three teammates have been together that long in NHL history. But it’s time to end the streak.

I believed that going into these playoffs. The Penguins’ fourth consecutive first-round exit eliminated the last of any lingering doubts I might have had. It seems crazy to bring the same core back for another season. What do they say about those who don’t learn from history? Beyond the postseason failures, Malkin and Letang aren’t getting younger. Malkin will be 36 on July 31. Letang is 35. Each becomes a free agent on July 13.

I’m not sure the Penguins can bring Letang back even if they make re-signing him a priority. He should be coveted on the open market. He made $7.25 million this season and should get a big raise. His long-time agent, Kent Hughes, is the new general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Letang is French-Canadian. Montreal just seems like the perfect fit for him.

Malkin’s age and injury history bother me. I’m not really interested in bringing him back even if he takes a pay cut from the $9.5 million he made this season.


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Your Selke Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (May 17, 2022) – Centers Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Elias Lindholm of the Calgary Flames are the three finalists for the 2021-22 Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy after the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winners of the 2022 NHL Awards will be revealed during the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.

Following are the finalists for the Selke Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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Can They Still Coach?

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

So, has the disgrace associated with Babcock and Quenneville worn off? Can two men who at one time were considered the best coaches in hockey come in from the cold? If they can — with 24 teams that either missed the playoffs entirely or were beaten in the first round examining their options moving forward — the veterans would join what could be the deepest and most talented coaching free-agent class in league history.

Remember, Barry Trotz is also out there. Peter DeBoer was fired by Las Vegas on Monday. Paul Maurice seems almost a certainly to get another head-coaching position after stepping down from that role with the Winnipeg Jets last season.

Three or four years ago, that group — Babcock, Quenneville, Trotz, DeBoer and Maurice — would have been considered the cream of the crop. Today? Well, Lou Lamoriello made his thoughts known on the available choices by promoting Lane Lambert to replace Trotz on Long Island next season.


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All Don Cherry

from Joe Warmngton o the Toronto Sun,

Grapes on a comeback to Hockey Night in Canada?

While “I do miss Coach’s Corner and going down there on Saturday nights,” it’s unlikely because “the truth is people are afraid of me.” He said with today’s TV, “you have to get along with people, and you say the right thing,” and “I don’t.”

That’s why so many people watched. What Cherry brought has not been replaced. People in sports bars don’t turn up the volume anymore during the first intermission.

Grapes on possibility of he and Ron MacLean patching things up?

Cherry said while he doesn’t harbour any animosity, “I don’t think I could ever forget, though. I don’t think we will ever be friends again.”

more, including the state of the Leafs...

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NHL Short Notes

* The Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs starts Tuesday as the Lightning-Panthers and Blues-Avalanche open their second head-to-head series in as many years.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Nikita Kucherov combined for 21 points in the last “Sunshine State” series, while standout performers from the 2022 First Round Carter Verhaeghe and Nicholas Paul will meet again in the playoffs after squaring off at the junior level nearly a decade ago.

Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar look to lead Colorado to its eighth straight postseason win against St. Louis, while former Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly can match the Blues franchise record for longest playoff goal streak.

* Wednesday will feature the Rangers-Hurricanes opening the first best-of-seven series between the franchises as well as the Oilers-Flames contesting the first “Battle of Alberta” playoff game in over 31 years.

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Recapping The First Round With Numbers

via the NHL Pr Department,

328 – Number of goals scored in the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only four opening rounds in NHL history have featured more: 1988 Division Semifinals (370), 1992 Division Semifinals (358), 1991 Division Semifinals (335) and 1995 Conference Quarterfinals (333).

51 – Games in the 2022 First Round, tied with the 1991 Division Semifinals (51) for the second most in a round trailing only the 1992 Division Semifinals (54).

37 – Percentage of games in which the winning team overcame a deficit. There were five multi-goal comeback wins and one three-goal comeback win. Only four opening rounds in the past 26 years witnessed more multi-goal comeback wins: 2014 First Round (10), 2017 First Round (9), 2020 First Round (7) and 2013 Conference Quarterfinals (6).

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The NHL Is Dark Tonight

And so am I.  My mind needs to get away from hockey for a night, my body needs a comfy recliner.

See you in the morning unless we have breaking news tonight.

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Now What Toronto?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This is eight seasons for Shanahan on the job, with his hand-picked general manager Kyle Dubas and the GM’s hand-picked coach Sheldon Keefe. In sports, that’s a lifetime on the job. In those eight seasons, six of them in the playoffs, one of them bottoming out which brought them, Auston Matthews, they are one of just five teams in the NHL to not have won a playoff series in that time.

Toronto. New Jersey, Detroit. Los Angeles. Seattle. This is the company the Leafs now find themselves among. New Jersey won a bunch of Stanley Cups years ago. The Red Wings had an amazing run of championships and near championships. The Kings won two just before Shanahan was hired. As also-ran go, the Leafs are in their own territory....

A team with an owner would be firing somebody this week because that’s what owners tend to do. They act emotionally. They hear fans. They don’t always do the right thing.

And sometimes an owner says to his president, you have to fire your general manager, and the president says no. And the owner counters with, okay, then I’m firing you.

And maybe the owner is firing the GM. And maybe that means the coach is going too.

The difficulty in all this is that Shanahan has positioned the Leafs to succeed, except when it matters most. Dubas has done some fine work, only the teams he has built haven’t won a thing. Keefe has an amazing regular-season record as coach, but a .421 record in the post-season.


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Video- Goals Of The Week

Almost 5 1/2 minutes long.


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